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The Big Problems Behind Big-Budget Video Game Flops
March 11, 2021
Season 01 / Episode 06

The Big Problems Behind Big-Budget Video Game Flops

The production process for big-budget video games leads many major studios to overpromise and underdeliver on the games they make.

How Video Games Can Help (Not Hurt) Mental Health
January 26, 2021
Season 01 / Episode 05

How Video Games Can Help (Not Hurt) Mental Health

Video games and mental health have a rough history, but experts and creators are exploring how games can help people deal with mental health issues.

Political Outreach Enters The World Of 'Animal Crossing'
October 13, 2020
Season 01 / Episode 04

Political Outreach Enters The World Of 'Animal Crossing'

With the pandemic making traditional campaigning more risky, some 2020 campaigns are reaching out to voters through gaming.

Why Video Games Are Looking More Like Movies
September 22, 2020
Season 01 / Episode 03

Why Video Games Are Looking More Like Movies

Big-budget gaming franchises like "The Last Of Us" showcase the connections between cinema and video games.

AI Tech Changes How We See The World In 'Microsoft Flight Simulator'
September 3, 2020
Season 01 / Episode 02

AI Tech Changes How We See The World In 'Microsoft Flight Simulator'

The virtual world of Microsoft Flight Simulator is so realistic, it’s attracting the attention of real-world open-source journalists and researchers.

Rethinking How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Handles Race
September 1, 2020
Season 01 / Episode 01

Rethinking How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Handles Race

Amid national conversations over racial injustice, game designers are offering new ideas around the role of race in games like Dungeons & Dragons.